It's not that Sang-woo suddenly turns evil when he betrays Ali. His betrayal is the culmination of a spiraling character arc. The root of Sang-woo's kindness is the belief that he is above others. It's a lie that he has to face every time Gi-hun brags that Sang-woo went to SNU.
While he makes a lot of mistakes, he originally displays a compassionate heart and even bonds with both Seong Gi-hun and Abdul Ali. But the allure of the money is more powerful, and Sang-woo turns into a villain within the expanse of a few episodes.
The cast and director break down Squid Game's most emotional betrayal involving the death of Kang Sae-byeok. Before the final game, Sae-byeok is injured and dying from her wounds. Sang-woo and Gi-hun have the opportunity to kill each other. Sang-woo would betray both characters to level the playing field.
Player 199, Abdul Ali (Anupam Tripathi) - Episode 6, "Gganbu" In one of the most tragic deaths of the season, Sang-woo (Hae-soo Park) shows his true colors and kills Ali, the selfless player who saved Gi-hun's life in the first game and who deeply respected and trusted Sang-woo with his life.
His choice of not killing Gi-hun at this moment of vulnerability, shows that he decides to kill himself out of genuine affection and care not only for his mother but also for his friend.
Cho Sang-woo is a character steeped in guilt and shame for his actions and how they've effected his family, and it's ultimately for his mother's sake that he gives up his own life.
After he started to work as an investment banker, Sang-woo became the leader of Team Two of Joy at Joy Investments, however, he embezzled money from his clients and tried to invest it in derivatives and mostly in futures. Sang-woo failed and lost all the money, resulting in a debt of ₩6 billion.
His "Death" Happens Off-Screen
Obviously we now know it's because Il-nam was never executed, and lives beyond the games. When Gi-hun tracks him down after the games are over, the old man is on his hospital deathbed. We do see him die this time, but by then we already know exactly who he is.
Immediately after, Sang-hun commits suicide by shooting himself in the head due to his disbelief that someone so young could commit such atrocities.
This one still stings. The kind and compassionate contestant that is Abdul Ali (Anupam Tripathi) meets his untimely death in episode six during the marble challenge, having been tricked by his game partner Sang-woo (Hae-soo Park) into losing.
With minutes left in the challenge, Sang-woo turns in the bag of marbles he stole from Ali, securing his safety and Ali's demise seconds later. For Squid Game fans, the moment of betrayal cut deep, and for many, Ali's death one of the most heartbreaking in the entire series.
Throughout the show, Ali, a Pakistani guest worker, looks up to Sang-woo, a troubled investment banker whom Ali calls “boss,” despite Sang-woo's requests that he simply call him by his name. In Korean, this formality is expressed through honorific titles and other linguistic elements.
Ali is killed after being betrayed by Sang-woo.
Before Ali goes to look for other contestants, Sang-woo convinces him to hand over his marbles so that Sang-woo can create a more secure way to carry them.
Cho Sang-woo isn't evil
Cho Sang-woo isn't the most trustworthy character in "Squid Game." He has a history of embezzling money and he's more than happy to throw his so-called friends under the bus to suit his own agenda. He's even prone to killing people who don't deserve it.
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Among the other people taking part include Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo), Gi-Hun's cousin and the pride of the neighbourhood, who went to a prestigious university but is now wanted for a host of financial crimes; Kang Sae-byeok (HoYeon Jung), who recently fled from North Korea and wants to buy her mother's freedom and a home ...
While the life-and-death competition shown in the show is not real, Squid Game is a real game played by children in South Korea. It was most popular in the 1970s and 1980s, when the show's creator was young.
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Gi-hun is stunned that Il-nam was spot on and asked how he knew. This is where fans wondered if Gi-hun could be Il-nam's son. Il-nam tells Gi-hun he is just like his son. Fans theorize he means his son was also lactose intolerant and got into trouble.
And 001 Gave 456 His Jacket To Protect Him. Prior to getting selected and being thrown back into the competition, 001 gave 456 his jacket. Oh Il-nam explained that Gi-hun needed the jacket because people might “look down” on him for not having one.
In the show's final episode, however, it's revealed that Il-nam actually survived and that he was the original founder and leader of the evil organization running the games. He still passes away from his brain tumor, but not before sharing the truth with Gi-hun.
It's also commonly used for Koreans to commit suicide as being in a space with the fumes causes death,” explained the Redditor. In the scene, Sang-woo sits in the tub intoxicated on soju as he waits for the toxic fumes from the burning coal to take effect. The coal briquette creates fumes similar to carbon monoxide.
Hwang Dong-hyuk explained that he picked number 218 for Sang-woo in the games, because he wanted a number along the middle out of the 456 to have the character as the person who twists the balance during the vote in the second episode.
Korean society is in large part hierarchical, with rank or status determined by age or seniority among peers. Gi-hun is Sang-woo's hyung (older brother) because of age, since he's a year older, but Sang-woo looks down on him for his impulsivity and dumb life decisions (which, fair).
Despite Sang-woo and Ali's brotherly friendship, their mistakes lead to their downfall. With both similarities to and differences from each other, they are characters who don't feel like stand-ins for a commentary on classism, but rather as actual people dealing with relatable issues.